Gryphon Exploration Company Acquired by Woodside Petroleum

Aug 31, 2005, 01:00 ET from Gryphon Exploration Company

    HOUSTON, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Gryphon Exploration Company announced
 today the sale of 100% of its common stock to Woodside Energy (USA), a wholly
 owned subsidiary of Australia-based Woodside Petroleum Ltd.  The total
 enterprise value was approximately $297 million.
     Gryphon, a Houston-based exploration and production company, has 72 BCFE
 of proven oil and gas reserves and 114 BCFE of proven plus probable oil and
 gas reserves, as independently evaluated by Ryder Scott Company, the Houston-
 based petroleum consultants, as of June 30, 2005.  Gryphon's oil and gas
 reserves are located in the Gulf of Mexico and are 86% natural gas.
     Additionally, Gryphon has licensed approximately 2,300 offshore blocks
 (19,350 square miles) of highly contiguous 3-D pre-stack time-migrated seismic
 data.  Gryphon also owns interests in 118 leases totaling more than 400,000
 gross acres (300,000 net acres) with 80 prospects identifying 2.5 TCFE of
 potential.  The company currently has four exploration wells in progress.
 Production as of June 30 was approximately 30 MMCFEPD.
     "Gryphon's successful track record and accomplishments are a result of the
 combination of the commitment of our investors, Warburg Pincus and Cheniere,
 and the hard work and professional performance of Gryphon's employees," said
 Michael Harvey, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gryphon Exploration
 Company.  "Woodside is acquiring reserves, production and multiple prospects.
 More importantly, they are gaining the experienced professional staff and the
 sprit of performance of Gryphon's people."
     Gryphon was formed in October of 2000 through equity investments made by
 Warburg Pincus, Cheniere Energy and Gryphon's Management Team.  The company's
 strategy since inception, is to use a focused, regional approach to
 exploration in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
     "Michael and his team have done a wonderful job building Gryphon over the
 past five years.  Gryphon has a terrific track record of finding hydrocarbons
 and attractive finding and development costs in various industry environments.
 Woodside is acquiring a good set of assets and a strong team upon which to
 continue to build its presence in the Gulf of Mexico," said Peter Kagan, a
 Managing Director at Warburg Pincus.
     The transaction closed on August 31, 2005.
     About Warburg Pincus
     Warburg Pincus has been a leading private equity investor since 1971.  The
 firm currently has approximately $12 billion under management and an
 additional $8.5 billion available for investments in a range of sectors,
 including energy, information and communication technology, financial
 services, healthcare, industrial, media and business services and real estate.
 The firm has provided equity to finance energy companies since the late 1980s,
 including exploration and production, midstream, energy technologies,
 independent power, oilfield services, and international energy.  Warburg
 Pincus has invested $1.5 billion in over 20 energy companies, including Antero
 Resources, Bill Barrett Corporation, Encore Acquisition Company,
  emgs (ElectroMagnetic GeoServices AS), Gryphon Exploration, Kosmos Energy,
 Lariat Petroleum, Latigo Petroleum, J. Makowski, MEG Energy, Newfield
 Exploration, Spinnaker Exploration and Targa Resources.  An experienced
 partner to entrepreneurs seeking to create and build durable companies with
 sustainable value, the firm has offices in North America, Europe and Asia and
 an active portfolio of more than 100 companies.  For more information, please

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